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New, Rudee Inlet art installed; city needs help finding the homeless


A new interactive art installation is now on display at the Oceanfront’s Rudee Loop. Known as, “World Below the Brine,” it curiously transforms with the wind, the sun and your own movements.

Drawing inspiration from the vivid Walt Whitman poem of the same name, “World Below the Brine” simulates the ever-changing natural landscape, above and below the water’s surface.

A canopy, that captures wind and sunlight, translates both of them into a captivating “play of light through the water.”

A tall framework, anchored by concrete benches, supports a grid of 200 wind paddles, with sand cast glass counterweights that undulate with the ocean breeze.

During the day, visitors may walk below the piece, and, be covered in moving diffused light and shadow.

At night, the art piece is illuminated with LED lighting, that responds to the movements of visitors, creating the visual effect of a floating a sea anemone, visible to passers-by from Atlantic Avenue and the nearby Rudee Inlet Bridge.

This project is made all the more special, by contributions from the community, that helped create it.

Princess Anne High School art students, taught by Betsy DiJulio, joined the project team at to assemble the 200 wind paddles, in preparation for the artwork’s debut.

DiJulio, an artist and national board certified art teacher at Princess Anne, said, “Our school is so gratified for this opportunity for our students to work on such a high-profile project, with top-notch professionals. We believe that the best learning equally emphasizes rigor, relevance and relationships. The rigor is embedded in the design and fabrication, and the relational aspects come into play through the collaborative nature of the process of our students working side-by-side with the design team. The relevance lies in the authenticity of this real-life public art commission, that resides at the fertile intersection of the public life and thoughtful, site-specific functional art.”

Cast glass counterweights were fabricated by a team at the Chrysler Museum of Art’s Perry Glass Studio, led by Jen Detlefsen.

Local architecture firm, Work Program Architects, in partnership with Piece of Cake Productions and Rhiza A+D, of Portland, Oregon, submitted the winning design for the installation, based on a national call from the city of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs. The challenge was to create an exciting interactive piece, that transforms an empty lot into a new, vibrant meeting place for the community.

"World Below the Brine,"

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City seeking help in locating homeless persons

The city of Virginia Beach is asking for the public's help in identifying locations throughout the city, where individuals have been observed living without permanent shelter.

The sometimes hard-to-get information will help guide teams of volunteers, during the city's annual Point-in-Time Count event on Jan. 23, 2019.

Citizens may submit locations directly on a map from their mobile device, or computer, at www.publicinput.com/pitcount, through Jan. 8.

Overt signs that an individual is living without permanent shelter, include, personal belongings being left behind at a particular location, a structure resembling a bed is present, or, individuals have been seen at a particular location on multiple occasions.

Location points should also include the date that it was observed and additional details that will help describe the situation. The city is asking for visual observations only; do not approach or try to talk to the individuals.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires cities that receive federal funding for homeless programs to conduct an unduplicated count of the homeless population, known as the Point-in-Time Count.

The count helps determine how much funding a community will receive for homeless programs and services, and, provides demographic information about a city's homeless population. Each year, more than $1.5 million is granted, through the Continuum of Care, to Virginia Beach agencies providing housing and supportive services to the homeless.

For more information, contact Ashley Love, at 757-385-5162 or at alove@vbgov.com.

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